When the DVD arrived to replace the VHS in the home cinema market, one of the ways that distributors marketed the new format was by including ‘extras’ that would be includable due to the increased memory of the disc. One of the most obvious features to include (and still is) was unseen footage and behind-the-scenes shorts to give people more of an insight into their favourite films. This in turn then made a whole generation of viewers more interested in filmmaking and the technical process.
Films about films (or meta-documentaries if you will) are hardly new (look at Heart of Darkness, the film about Apocalypse Now), yet now in the age of cheap and high quality digital, it would be crazy not to collect footage alongside a feature to share with your audience so it is not just classics that get documented. Quite often, non-fiction films that give an insight into the process and characters can be more interesting that the actual feature being made.
This is where Kung Fu Elliot comes in.